Angel Has Fallen

3rd instalment in the “… Has Fallen” franchise, starring Gerard Butler (in this case, looking more like Russell Crowe). Really ought to have called this “Standards Have Fallen”.  Liz fell asleep, and I can’t see her dialling back in to catch the bits she missed.  Apart from a pretty kickass …

Peppermint

Vigilante one-man-weapon film that’s a one-woman-weapon film starring Jennifer Garner.  I really enjoyed this, although it was very interesting to me how much my brain kept wrestling with the concept that she’d gone from Ordinary Mom in act one of the film to “five years later” in act two being …

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

I guess I’ve come to regard John Wick films as the really-violent-film equivalent of opera: there’s not usually much to the story, but the dressing is incredibly rich, and the quality & artistry’s all in the fight sequences.  There’s a bit of a false start at the beginning (for me, …

Mr. Right

The Acting Range of Anna Kendrick heads up this oddball piece alongside Sam Rockwell, in which Rockwell plays a hitman with what can only be described as a fairly unconventional business model, and a very non-standard romcom situation comes into being.  Total poppycock, of course – but I thought it …

A Good Day to Die Hard (Die Hard: Mission to Moscow)

Bruce Willis goes on holiday to Russia, and then some bullshit happens, and I don’t really know because I fell asleep a few times during it and it was nonsense. McClane protesteth many times that he was “only here on vacation”, and even managed to squeeze in a few “motherfuckers” …

Live Free or Die Hard

Was this Justin Long’s first film as a grownup? Eurgh. What a mess. Gripping grimly onto the premise that COMPUTERS CAN CONTROL EVERYTHING we’re on a rollercoaster to disaster, which goes via an inexplicable Kevin Smith cameo to eventually Bruce Willis trying to converge his Christmas Die Hard-y-ness with that …

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

A return to form, which is bound to happen once you get SAMUEL L. JACKSON in the mix. This felt *much* more like it fit with the original Die Hard in terms of character, and it also provided a plotline which could be ripped off variously in Batman films of …

Die Hard 2

So, taking the famous concept of using a character from a well-loved film and then plonking them in the middle of something that shares almost no DNA with the original is what’s happened here. Less of a slightly-above-average-Joe pushed by circumstance into a perilous situation, and more of a one-man-wrecking-ball. …

Die Hard

The quintessential Christmas film. What else need I say? Although definitely worth a rewatch, because it’s easy to forget what Bruce Willis looked like with hair. He must’ve been just on his way out from Moonlighting on this film – this really was his breakthrough role, before there was such …

Olympus Has Fallen

Having watched London Has Fallen, we figured it made sense to then watch the film that it was a sequel to. Much like its postcessor (*shrugs* could be a word?), it stars loads of things being blown up, and Gerard Butler. GO USA! Just, y’know, try to ignore the total …